Our expert says:
I'm sorry you had to go through that as a child - the doctor should have played safe rather than sorry. It is helpful to identify the snake if you can, but it's not a good idea to waste time and put yourself at risk by trying to find, catch or kill the snake. It is much better to focus on getting the bitten person to hospital and watching for symptoms - the doctors will be able to tell from these what treatment to follow.
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